WordPress, MovableType

Kara Swish­er inter­viewed Matt Mul­len­weg on Recode Decode! It’s extreme­ly sad how excit­ed I was to see this in my pod­cast feed (and that I’m already writ­ing about it before the post has actu­al­ly gone up on Recode, itself.)

We Called it Guten­berg for a Rea­son

They dis­cussed Mov­able­Type briefly, which was revived in 2013 and now has a 50% Japan­ese lan­guage user­ship, and I’d real­ly like to know how that hap­pened.

Also, I had no idea his and Word­Press’ com­pa­ny, Automat­tic owned Lon­greads and Atavist. Hilar­i­ous­ly, I also found out his old blog themes are now avail­able in the Word­Press theme direc­to­ry. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I had to wait a whole darned week for a “light­ly-edit­ed tran­script” [local back­up] of this episode, but frankly, I’m just glad they decid­ed it was worth tran­scrib­ing at all, con­sid­er­ing Word­Press’ out-of-the-excitable-for-dab­blers sta­tus. I mean… it was prob­a­bly a bit cru­el to place Mullenweg’s episode in direct fol­lowup to Kara Swisher’s inter­view with Mark Zucker­berg the pre­vi­ous week, which — for obvi­ous and entire­ly-jus­ti­fied rea­sons — will sure­ly be the most-lis­tened-to Recode Decode episode by far in its recent his­to­ry, at least. 

I’ve been doing Word­Press for 15 years and I’d like to do it the rest of my life.”

Yiokes! Ya know? You’re damned right, “oof.”

I think every tech com­pa­ny should have an edi­to­r­i­al team.”

Out of sign­f­i­cant and near­ly-unbear­ably heavy bias, I must agree whole­heart­ed­ly with this state­ment — and Mullenweg’s req­ui­site elab­o­ra­tion — and I must leave you with the expres­sion of one final wish: that Zucker­berg had been inter­viewed post-Matt, instead, and Kara Swish­er would’ve brought this up with him.

Panic Urine

Shife rep­re­sents the best of the next gen­er­a­tion of smart, inde­pen­dent tech­no­cul­ture mag­a­zines.

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Imag­ine: it’s 2018, and you’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with a What You See is What You Get, uber-bloat­ed, entire­ly pri­va­cy-com­pro­mised auto­mat­ic Word­Press instal­la­tion for a few months, but you can’t remem­ber why. It could’ve tak­en you 5 min­utes… Maybe this is the one that took two years? Or maybe nei­ther are any­thing more than not-even-all-that-advanced trick­ery: what if every­thing you’ve thought you’ve engaged with in your Web Brows­er for the past year has been noth­ing but care­ful­ly-manip­u­lat­ed play­back of a screen­cap­ture? Would it even mat­ter?

You find your­self in Hell again: the in-CMS Word­Press plu­g­in brows­er, which scrolls all-too-soon over the true Mark of The Beat, him­self: Accel­er­at­ed Fuck­ing Mobile Pages… 

You hes­i­tate only for a nanomo­ment — tears swelling up in your eyes — before click­ing “Install,” prompt­ing less than a full sec­ond of “Installing… ⟳” before the page reloads, the but­ton blues, and you engage with a User Inter­face for the last time…

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No! It was just a night­mare… There is an AMP Plu­g­in, but you new lit­tle Bitch Site remains entire­ly free of it. Instead, it’s been replaced by some­thing strange

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I’ve now spent I don’t even know how many nights dig­ging through the entire his­to­ry of dig­i­tal media, and it’s been a lot more emo­tion­al­ly tax­ing than you might sus­pect. I can’t tell you how many dead or stolen URLs I’ve land­ed on — sev­er­al life­times’ worth — and the vast major­i­ty of those sur­viv­ing C and D-list pub­li­ca­tions and plat­forms have been hope­less­ly neglect­ed.

Basi­cal­ly, I’m start­ing to wish I was my age now at the time I was actu­al­ly born — 1994. I think Suck is impec­ca­ble and I wish I could’ve been there to see it.

You find the genius hilar­i­ty that was the fore­run­ner for just about every­thing on The Open Web, and then you find them 25 years lat­er… on Medi­um… After the Chuck Kloster­man col­umn, expect Holy Fuck Lol Why Is Every­body Actu­al­ly Migrat­ing from The Open Web to Medi­um, Now because many of what I’ve dis­cov­ered today is extreme­ly dis­ap­point­ing.

This post has to be over­whelm­ing because I’ve been con­stant­ly dis­tract­ed this evening and have some­how found myself with­out a suf­fi­cient way to archive Web His­to­ry links apart from our gen­er­al read­ing list.

As some­one with no nos­tal­gia for Web 1.0 (when Suck launched, I was 8 years old, learn­ing how to touch-type with a card­board box over my hands) my inter­est comes from a sus­pi­cion that Suck rep­re­sents the web at its best, when an inde­pen­dent online pub­li­ca­tion could con­trol its own nar­ra­tive. Suck wasn’t try­ing to game its ana­lyt­ics, or opti­mize for any­thing, or bait-and-switch its read­ers for clicks. Even so, it quick­ly reached 10,000 dai­ly read­ers, and boast­ed a bud­get large enough to pay con­tribut­ing writ­ers $1,000 per post. Read­ing it now, I’m struck not by nos­tal­gia, but envy for the par­tic­u­lar free­doms afford­ed to ear­ly online pub­li­ca­tions.

The Best Mag­a­zine on the Ear­ly Web” — The Atlantic